The Leadership Power of the Seven “Cs”: DeMarco Banter

For some strange reason, the letter “C” offers the solution to so many problems.  A good while ago, we wrote a piece on solving the issues of crisis, complexity, and confusion through communication, collaboration, and creative thinking.  “C” also offers concepts in leadership as well. There is this unhealthy cycle that can develop in leaders …

Should you worry or is US military at the ready? By PAULINE JELINEK

DeM Banter:  Funny the question never really gets answered in the article does it. What's implied is no... we should not worry...or maybe the DoD does not know what "ready" means ..of course that is not what the Services are say...it's what Barry M. Blechman of the Stimson Center says...funny I have not run into him around …

Four Paradoxes of Leadership (but there are probably more) DeMarco Banter

par·a·dox ˈparəˌdäks/ noun noun: paradox; plural noun: paradoxes a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory."a potentially serious conflict between quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity known as the information paradox"  I love a good paradox, and in …

The Reshaping of Pacific Defense: Interview With PacAF Gen. Hawk Carlisle By ROBBIN LAIRD and ED TIMPERLAKE

DeM Banter:  Fighting Crisis, Complexity, and Confusion (C3) with Communication, Collaboration, and Creative Thinking...the three Cs... View Original / ROBBIN LAIRD / ED TIMPERLAKE /Breaking Defense / 27 Nov 13 We interviewed Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Pacific Air Forces, at the Air Force Association’s Pacific Forum in Los Angeles, about the challenges facing the U.S. and its allies in shaping a 21st …

America forgetting lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan, general says in Colorado Springs speech By Tom Roeder

DeM Banter:  Another case of being "smarter than history?"  Do we really see a fight with China?  Or do we see more issues in the Mid-East?  I certainly know which one is "easier" to plan for..."H.R." McMaster...another great Hoover Fellow... gazette.com / View Original / November 24th, 2013 Herbert Raymond "H.R." McMaster, now a two-star general of some renown, returned …

Defense Senior Civilian Vacancies On the Rise By Sandra I. Erwin

DeM Banter:  So I've got a few resumes out..."what are we going to today Brain...????" View Original Defense industry leaders are growing uneasy over the number of unfilled senior civilian posts at the Pentagon. Many of the current vacancies have not been filled because the Obama administration has not yet named candidates. Others are positions …